Swans Watch - Round 1

There's always something to keep you interested in each game of the weekend when you're a Swans fan, be it a passing interest in results, or watching one of your favourite players pull on a different kit.

In this week's edition of Swans Watch, we take a look around the league at the players that once played for the Sydney Swans in the AFL.

Dan Hannebery
The 3-time All Australian and 2015 AFLCA Champion has had a tough time since the 2016 Grand Final.

Dogged by persistent hip and groin injuries, the once ultra-durable midfielder has been reduced to a shell of his once glorious self.

Traded to the Saints in the off-season, on a 5-year contract worth over $3 million, the Saints are just now realising how rundown he is.

Alan Richardson declared on Friday last week - in the lead-up to the Saints vs Suns match - that Hannebery had to be "re-built" before he would play for the club.

“He’s been getting sore anywhere to do with his legs," Richardson said on SEN on Friday morning.

“Particularly his calves and hamstrings, but as we’ve upped the load in terms of intensity, his body has just struggled.

“He’s had two years where he just hasn’t been able to put in the work."

Given his physical state and inability to train, Hannebery has been removed from the leadership group to help him work on his rehabilitation.

The Saints are hopeful they will have him ready to play by Round 7 this season.

Nic Newman
Delisted by the Swans in the off-season, Nic Newman found himself a new home at Carlton.

Making his debut on the weekend in the season opening match against Richmond, Newman displayed good poise and ball use in their improved second-half performance.

He finished the match with 26 disposals, 9 marks, 6 intercept possesions, 1 goal, 12 rebound 50s and 584 metres gained.

He looks like a great fit for Carlton and should improve their ball movement off the half-back flank.

Toby Nankervis
Former Swan ruckman turned Premiership ruckman Toby Nankervis was one of the dominant players on the ground on Friday night.

He easily bested his Carlton opponent, finishing with 17 disposals - 12 contested, 3 goals, 321 metres gained and 34 hit outs.

The coaches recognised his contributions, awarding him with 4 votes in the AFLCA Player of the Year award for Round 1.

Gary Rohan
Gary Rohan didn't have the best of debuts for his new club, the Geelong Cats.

Traded in the off-season after 9 years with the Swans, Rohan returned to his spiritual home with his young family.

With a chance to make his mark early in the game, Rohan pushed a set shot in the pocket out of bounds on the full from 15 metres out.

He struggled to impact the game, finishing with 10 disposals and no score.

Lewis Jetta
Lewis Jetta didn't have the best of nights for reigning premiers the West Coast Eagles, in their 44-point loss to the Lions on Saturday night.

Finishing with 14 disposals, and 367 metres gained he had no impact when the game was on the line.

Tim Membrey
Tim Membrey enjoyed a decent first game of the season in the Saints 1-point win over the Gold Coast Suns on Sunday afternoon.

Kicking two goals and finishing with 11 disposals and 7 marks, Membrey was influential in getting the Saints back in the game.

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Justin Mitchell

Justin is a passionate AFL and Sydney Swans supporter, and football blogger since 2016. All articles are of his own opinion. You can reach him by twitter and Facebook at @theswansblog

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